I have a good friend who (I hope!) is about to have a baby any day now. She plans to use cloth nappies, which is great news! Whenever I hear of someone choosing a re-usable solution over a disposable one, I give a little cheer inside. Not only will she save a whole load of money, but she will also greatly reduce her environmental footprint. Where we live, drying nappies on the clothesline in the sun is something we can do year round. It’s also a lot easier to wash nappies than it used to be.
Cloth nappies are becoming increasingly popular and there are about a gazillion options to choose from. It’s actually really daunting to try and work out what nappies you should use when you are first setting up your cloth nappy system. I was going to send her an email which shows what I’ve settled on, but I decided to put it up here instead so that other interested people could also take a look! 🙂
Without further ado, here is my change table I have at home (yes, that is my front door! Turns out this is an excellent spot for a change table in our house):
I have a four year old boy still in night nappies, and an about-to-turn-two year old girl who is not yet toilet trained. I think I have two packs of eight coloured nappies (LOVE!) which I bought from Target for $20 each pack. I also bought some regular white flats; they came in packs of twelve, I think. I can’t remember what I paid for them, but it would be about $25, I would guess. The nappy flats are folded into quarters and stacked onto the middle shelf.
I do use disposables as well as cloth – it’s much nicer to take a pack on holiday than carry a whole bunch of wet / dirty nappies around, for example. I also use disposables when I need to refresh my wool nappy covers (more about wool covers in a separate post). Because I do all the covers at once, I have nothing to stop the nappies from wetting everything my baby sits on, so I use disposables until the covers are ready again. And, they are useful when you have a babysitter, too. 🙂
Wipes are located in that basket. To use, I squirt the wipe with water, then add a dollop of Sorbolene Cream and then wipe it where it’s needed. Used wipes and wet nappies go straight into that bucket.
If I have a dirty nappy, I set it aside and get a new nappy onto my baby. Then once she has toddled off I take the bucket round the corner into the toilet where I have the best nappy system invention ever: a high pressure squirter attached to the loo! This thing is a lifesaver! I place the nappy into the toilet pan and squirt off all the dirty bits, leaving a very wet nappy. Then it goes straight into the white bucket too.
Every two days I take that bucket into the laundry, stuff it into the front loader and then set it for a hot wash overnight when our electricity goes to off peak pricing. The next morning I hang it all out on the balcony where the sun dries everything nicely.
There’s no need for me to soak the nappies, or to disinfect them. This method is called “dry pailing” if you want to look up the details of how to wash nappies in this way (and I might post on that too, if there’s interest).
As for how to fold and put the nappy on the baby? That’s a topic for another post altogether. 🙂